Never Say Dieting Oath.
It’s a beautiful oath and message. I have to admit, the word diet and the action of dieting has been in my life since I can remember.
Even when I was perfectly healthy at 105 pounds. Then after the birth of my first daughter and losing the weight and getting back to 113 pounds. Even now, at my heaviest.
It’s always taken a hold of my life.
The word diet always makes me feel like I am not good enough, even when I was and am. The last few years, I can say I’ve been in a limbo of sorts. Going from eating super clean to eating and indulging in a lot of foods that I know don’t fuel my body. I failed to remember that there are little eyes of my daughters that are watching.
With their diets, I try to teach them to eat foods that fuel them. I also purchase foods that are natural and organic. But, allow them to be kids as well. To have a balanced life by following healthy habits. I’ve always have been very stringent with their diets but, I don’t deprive them and they have their share of indulgences as well. But, I don’t want them to be anchored and shackled to the word “diet” for the rest of their lives.
I can say that I am definitely in these statistics and it scares me, I take the oath to start leading by example, to teach that a healthy and balanced lifestyle trumps any diet because being healthy isn’t temporary. I know that my husband and I are the ones that will teach them these principles.
Did You Know?
Canadian studies over the past decade have reported dieting rates that range from 14% to 46% among preteen and teen girls – many of whom are already at a healthy weight. And the Canadian Paediatric Society recognizes “parental role modelling of dieting behaviour” as a risk factor for dieting among teens.
That’s why it’s important to recognize that when we choose dieting, we’re not just depriving ourselves, we may also be teaching the next generation to live with emotional and nutritional deprivation as well.
I Take the Oath, Do You?
This is timely because it is high-time I reclaim my life and health. In retrospect, it behooves my overall quality of life and that of my beautiful and amazing daughters. It starts with us and if we don’t give them an adequate example of leading a balanced lifestyle, it may not happen.
So, I decide to end that word in our household.
Has the word ‘diet’ taken over your life, do you plan to take the oath?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.